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EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
 
Vol. 13, No. 9
 
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Rod Hightower From the President
EAA President Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

Aviation Fuel Makes More Headlines
The future look of aviation fuel continued to make news last week in two directions. EAA is very involved in shaping the discussions in this area through our participation in FAA rulemaking committees and in other areas. ASTM International approved a test standard for the Swift unleaded fuel, allowing flight testing to begin with a consistent fuel blend as a first step to see if this particular innovation is a promising future fuel. Also last week, the Friends of the Earth environmental group filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to set lead emission standards for aviation fuel. This was not a surprising move, but it also ignored the current research on that issue. Friends of the Earth was asked to join the Avgas Coalition - of which EAA is a member - to help find a solution but declined to do so. It's important to remember that 100 low-lead aviation fuel will still be available and the standard fuel for GA aircraft for some time to come.

Condolences to the Family and Friends of Amanda Franklin
We were saddened to hear the passing of air show performer Amanda Franklin on Friday evening due to complications from severe burns suffered in an airplane crash at the Air Fiesta air show on March 12 in Texas. Amanda, who had been hospitalized in the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio since the accident, performed the popular wingwalking act "Pirated Skies" with her husband, Kyle, that was a crowd-favorite at AirVenture. EAA extends its thoughts and prayers to Kyle and the Franklin and Younkin families.

Canadian Postal Strike May Affect Mailings
For our Canadian chapters: The Canadian postal union has given notice that it intends to strike beginning today. If a settlement is not reached, it would greatly affect mail going to and from Canada, including EAA's magazines and member mailings. The strike would cause prices from independent shippers, such as FedEx and UPS, to increase as well.

New Videos Posted to EAAVideo.org
Among the new online videos posted recently to EAAVideo.org were Brady Lane's video of Jeff Skiles' Young Eagles tour stop in Lebanon, Tenn., in late March, a Hints for Homebuilders segment on wood rib construction, a Timeless Voices interview with airplane nose art specialist Chad Hill, and an archived webinar about using an iPad as a flight tool.

 
In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 14
San Diego, California

The May edition of Spirit of Flight includes a great photo gallery from the recent visit of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, as well as detailed narratives of recent chapter activities and upcoming events.

Thanks to Chapter 14 for sharing its newsletter.

 

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Did you know?

Are you flying to AirVenture 2011? If so, make sure you thoroughly review the event's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) – an absolute must-read for pilots en route to and from Oshkosh.

NOTAM for AirVenture 2011

The NOTAM, which is in effect July 22-August 1, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. It was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist pilots in their AirVenture flight planning.

While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some noteworthy changes compared to the 2010 version.

A free copy of NOTAM is available to order or download here, or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving at and departing from AirVenture also is available here.

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